Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews (page 5)

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES by Peggy Noonan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Noonan is quick to generalize, to soak sentences in nostalgia, and to ignore contradictory or uncomfortable evidence, but she does provide moments that pierce and sentences that linger."
A former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and weekly columnist for the Wall Street Journal assembles pieces from her long career as a conservative political voice. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TYPEWRITER by Fergus Fleming
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Essential for fans of the James Bond books. And who isn't a fan?"
A collection of letters from the creator of Bond, James Bond. Read full book review >

BRAVE ENOUGH by Cheryl Strayed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"These platitudes need perspective; better to buy the books they came from."
A lightweight collection of self-help snippets from the bestselling author. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lucid, sinewy sentences lash, tickle, and caress."
A veteran essayist for the New York Times collects some gems from his pile of precious—though not always popular—stones.Read full book review >
COMPLICATED GRIEF by Laura Mullen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Lyrical and tricky: for serious readers."
In a memoir/essay collection, poet Mullen (Director, Creative Writing/Louisiana State Univ.; Enduring Freedom, 2012, etc.) explores emotional secrets and rupture.Read full book review >

MY WIFE WANTS YOU TO KNOW I'M HAPPILY MARRIED by Joey Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A candid, subtly profound collection."
Franklin (English/Brigham Young Univ.) meditates on the nature of manhood by reflecting on his life as a married father of three boys. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A glossary explains the relatively few philosophical terms Klein sprinkles in this warm, winsome book of eclectic musings."
A miscellany of concise advice about life. Read full book review >
THE UNCOLLECTED DAVID RAKOFF by David Rakoff
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A hit-and-miss selection that is more of a footnote to Rakoff's career than a summary of it."
A posthumous, clearinghouse collection by the writer and NPR humorist. Read full book review >
THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
PORTRAITS by John Berger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although some of the more mannered pieces don't work as well as others, it's always Berger's unique, captivating mind on display in these unabashedly personal essays—and that never disappoints."
A Berger sampler: the esteemed art critic offers up personal portraits of a wide array of well-known and lesser-known artists and art works. Read full book review >
REPORTING ALWAYS by Lillian Ross
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readable and rewarding and, though more than a touch old-fashioned, full of exemplary reporting."
An anthology of New Yorker stories form a living bridge to journalism's golden age—which, as it happens, wasn't all that long ago.Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S GUITAR AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS by Joseph Skibell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A memoir/essay collection of consistently heartfelt and enlightening morsels of humanity."
Creatively dispatched memories from a noted essayist and fiction writer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >